Have you ever been so tired that you can barely function?

By Dr Kelly

September 17, 2021

Feeling so tired that you can't function is a common experience and can be caused by a variety of factors, such as lack of sleep, stress, poor nutrition, and underlying health conditions. Here are some things you can do to help when you're feeling so tired that you can't function:

  1. Rest: If possible, take a break from your activities and rest. Lie down, close your eyes, and take some deep breaths. Even a short nap or rest period can help you feel more refreshed.

  2. Hydrate: Dehydration can cause fatigue, so make sure you're drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

  3. Eat nutrient-dense foods: Eating foods that are rich in nutrients such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can provide your body with the energy it needs to function.

  4. Manage stress: Stress can take a toll on your energy levels, so finding ways to manage stress such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises can help you feel more energized.

  5. Exercise: While it may seem counterintuitive, exercise can actually help increase energy levels. Start with gentle exercise such as walking or stretching and gradually increase intensity as you feel able.

  6. Talk to a healthcare provider: If your fatigue is persistent and affecting your ability to function, it may be a sign of an underlying health condition such as anemia or thyroid dysfunction. Talking to a healthcare provider can help determine the cause of your fatigue and provide appropriate treatment.

  7. Consider supplements: Some supplements such as B vitamins, iron, and magnesium may help support energy levels. Talk to a healthcare provider before starting any new supplements.

It's important to prioritize self-care and listen to your body when you're feeling so tired that you can't function. Rest, hydration, healthy eating, stress management, and exercise can all help improve energy levels and overall well-being.

About the author

Dr. Kelly has 25 years of expert medical experience caring for the sickest of the sick people in critical care (including ICU, Heart surgery, Heart & Lung transplant surgery, as well as cardiology). She is a clinical specialist who has taken care of and trained others to care for the critically ill/the elderly and developed many screening and preventative programs to help improve the health of the population. The reality is that most people just don't have to be that sick. or stay that sick. So, Dr. Kelly decided to change the focus of the care she provided: to prevent, reverse and restore the health of individuals.

Dr. Kelly

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